Lake Shelbyville discharge underway

December 22, 2009 at 01:29 PM

Lake Shelbyville’s pool elevation at 8:00 a.m. on December 22 2009 was 613.24 feet referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The discharge rate will increase to approximately 3,040 cubic feet per second (cfs) by mid morning on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. The target elevation is 594.0 feet for winter drawdown. 

The high water has impacted some sites around the lake. All high water boat ramps are open at this time.  High water boat ramps are located in Bo Wood, Dam West, Lithia Springs, Lone Point, Opossum Creek, Wilborn Creek, Eagle Creek State Park, and Wolf Creek State Park. Coon Creek and Whitley Creek are the only primary recreation areas with all boat ramps closed due to high water.

All secondary boat ramps are closed. This includes Coal Shaft Bridge, Sand Cove Road, Johnson’s Bluff and Bruce West.

The Illini Backpacking Trail, which runs from Lone Point Recreation Area to Eagle Creek State Park, Coon Creek Trail, and Okaw Bluff Trail are all closed. Hikers can still use the Camp Camfield Trail and the General Dacey Trail.

If you are out boating on the lake you are strongly cautioned to watch for floating debris and submerged hazards on the lake.

As the water at Lake Shelbyville continues to remain above normal levels, visitors should be aware that more areas might be temporarily impacted. Call ahead for information before coming to the lake. Information will be available on the Lake Shelbyville Information Line at 217-774-2020 or contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951. Revised news releases will be issued as lake conditions change.